What Do You Recommend for Dogs on Grain Free, DCM-List feeds?
My priorities IN ORDER:
- Quality Nutrition
- Rice instead of peas / lentils
- Not Chewy.com
My reason for changing foods was that Ajax was eating ultra low carb and that had cut him down to super-lean. Like, muscular with veins showing. As low-carb / raw often does. But that ‘ribby’ look, (despite his super thick muscle mass), just didn’t please my eye so I decided to go with carb based nutrition again. At least for a while.
I actually took Ajax off that (Ultra low carb) for a minute.He was FRICKING bulky with the muscle, (he’s 3 years old) so I wasn’t worried about it, but his ribs were showing.That is SO healthy.*But* ….he looked like I was starving him (to the neighbors eyes) and frankly, he isn’t as much fun to pet because, I mean, he was SKINNY – – bordering on ‘creepily’ skinny (new word you’re welcome)So I put him on Chicken Soup For The Soul dog food and he’s smoothing out FAST.It’s DISTURBING how fast carbs in the diet put the weight back on. It’s not belly fat. Just overall sleekness.Sadly, you can’t feed ‘atkins’ AND give carbs. That’s a metabolic “limbo” and they pack on UNHEALTHY pounds.
So I got on Amazon to find a diet that could be delivered.
(I don’t trade with Chewy these days, until Amazon buys them out and boots their “Fisher-Price pharmacy”.)
And I looked for something without corn or soy. Grains were okay, and Rice, preferred.
I wanted something not-very-expensive. But I don’t mind paying SOMETHING for dog food. I’m not going to settle for the basic Purinas*, or the Pedigree foods.
*Many of Purina’s diets are excellent nutrition. But the price matches that. I needed a better “deal”.
I was doing the math on a decent-sized bag. And I found MANY diets that were like, 28 pound bags for $35 but when I dug down into the ingredients, most of them were poor.
Until I ran into “Chicken Soup For The Soul” Dog Food, Chicken, Turkey and Brown Rice formula.
The food acknowledges the benefits of Omega FA’s and includes those deliberately and at additional expense. The diet ALSO capitalizes on the health benefits of Zinc and Selenium which helps skin a VERY great deal.
The diet also has additional ‘soluble fiber’ in the form of chicory root but the amount is doubtfully “enough”. There are blueberry antioxidants which is also “near and dear” to my heart. But again, there’s more salt in the diet than Blueberries so it’s not “rich in antioxidants” but at least they’re added – – in a diet with a great price point. Further down the list, are some probiotics of note in the ‘fermentation products’ which only speaks to the percolation of the cultures to produce them, after which they are dried (lyophilized) which kills a lot of those beneficials but many also survive.
Ingredients are IMPRESSIVE with animal protein over-represented in the top three ingredients:
Chicken, turkey, chicken meal, turkey meal, cracked pearled barley, whole grain brown rice, peas, oatmeal, white rice, faba beans, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), lentils, natural flavor, ground flaxseed, salmon, duck, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, mixed tocopherols (preservative), citric acid (preservative), dried chicory root, dried kelp, carrots, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, cranberries, rosemary extract, parsley flakes, zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, yucca schidigera extract, manganous oxide, manganese proteinate, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate, niacin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement.